Allergies, Asthma & Sinus

October 23, 2018

Old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Drop them off on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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October 12, 2018

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

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May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

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May 22, 2017

What’s Your Asthma IQ? Take our Quiz, Learn the Facts

If you have asthma, spring’s allergens can mean increased flare-ups. More than 22 million people in the United States have asthma — nearly 6 million of those are children. “The very young and very old are hospitalized at a greater rate than others,” said Melinda Shuler, Regional Clinical Supervisor, Regional Asthma Disease Management Program. QUIZ […]

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April 27, 2017

Seasonal Allergies – Understanding and Overcoming Those Pesky Problems

Seasonal allergies occur at the same time of the year every year, if you continue to live in the same part of the country. Hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) is the most common seasonal allergy.  What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itchy, watery eyes Sneezing Runny, stuffy or itchy nose […]

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March 24, 2017

Asthma or Vocal Cord Dysfunction? Could You Tell the Difference in Symptoms?

Carlyn Morris, a 16-year-old cross country runner, likes to push herself to be the best she can be. “That’s why I love running. I can be competitive with myself,” said Morris, who has been training for cross country and track meets since middle school. For her first meet of the 2016 cross country season, she […]

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October 6, 2016

Making Halloween Less Scary for Children with Food Allergies

Teal is the new orange for Halloween. Porches that hold a teal pumpkin are sending a message to children with food allergies that trick-or-treating here means nonfood treats are in store. In lieu of candy, which many children cannot eat, the Teal Pumpkin Project encourages households to give simple treats of bubbles, erasers or other […]

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August 17, 2016

These Olympic Athletes Didn’t Let Asthma Stop Them, Neither Should You

By Robert A. Poarch If you have asthma, you have something in common with these athletes: Amy Van Dyken, Olympic medalist, swimming Danell Leyva, Olympic medalist, gymnastics Greg Louganis, Olympic medalist, diving Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic medalist, track Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic medalist, figure skating Mark Spitz, Olympic medalist, swimming Misty May-Treanor, Olympic medalist, beach volleyball Tom […]

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August 3, 2016

Summer Safety Tips: Asthma Basics for Back to School

Dr. Steven Julius of Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville offers these great tips for managing your child’s asthma when returning to school, as seen in WNC Parent. Does your back-to-school list include your son’s or daughter’s rescue inhaler? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids miss more than 10 million days of school yearly […]

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